Just wanted to share my impression of the ATH-AD900 (TOTAL NOOB ALERT)
OK I will be quick. I do like the sound for gaming. I can see why people say they are bass light. To be clear the Bass is all there and clear it's just as they say though. You can HEAR the bass but if you are looking to FEEL the bass that is where they fall short. Don't get me wrong I fired up some Hip Hop and some DnB tracks to really feel out the Bass and it was satisfying just no Doof Doof. It's just IMO the ones who say they have NO BASS!! are exaggerating a bit or maybe lean toward the Bass Head side of things.
The Bass issue put aside the areas these are liked for I must agree with. Clarity is very impressive. In MW3 I felt surrounded in fine details with Dolby Headphone. Positioning was very clear if it was footsteps of helicopters or whatever I could easily tell where it was what it was, about how far, and what direction. Purely for sound wh@ring sound stage and clarity were pretty darn good. Although I would say the explosions just lacked some authority maybe a plus for competitive but a minus for fun. Gaming alone like Mass Effect 2 or Skyrim I can already tell is going to lack a certain magic but probably still provide a overall good experience. Also, though I felt for the explosions to feel nice I had to turn them up pretty loud so that highs could get a little peircing. Not a bad sound mind you just felt like a volume balancing act between satifying lows and the occasional uncomfortable high.
All that being said. I am returning these. Not because they don't sound good. They sound really quite good in my opinion. The main reason I am turning right around and getting something else in a word Comfort. From what I read it was the least of what I was worried about. I dont' have a large head or ears that stick out but unless they are sitting just right the driver housing touches my ears very annoying. Also, these headphones are freakin' massive. The pads extend from my cheek bone all the way to the back of my head where the skull begins to curve it feels like I have both hands on the side of my head and to top it all off the comicly large size makes me look ridiculous. So all that is why am sending them back.
OK sorry not trying to block the thead with a full on review just thought I would throw this out for consideration if the ATH-AD900 was on anyones short list. Just my opinion please no flames from fans of these phones. Am going to try out the HD 558's next. at least they won't make me look like a bad 1960's Sci-Fi Robot
Edited by Heretic817 - 4/20/12 at 11:24am